Skype - the Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom

Learn how to integrate Skype into your classroom as the ultimate Global Classroom tool.
Target Audience
All educators including Primary & Secondary Students ESL Teachers Language Teachers Principals

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Skype’s video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration. Using this very simple video chat service, you can engage in numerous projects that may not be accessible due to geographic location, time, cost and practicality. Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Language is not a barrier, as Skype now has a facility called Skype Translator that allows students to connect with students in other countries. This can be especially invaluable for studying other languages, ESL students and multicultural studies.
There are four ways this can be achieved:
Skype Lessons that allows you to connect with any teacher or classroom around the world.
Mystery Skype is a fun project where you can learn about geography by trying to guess who you are skyping with.
Virtual Field Trips that can take you anywhere around the world.
Guest Speakers from many expert fields who can connect with your class.
Integrating Skype and other tools, your classroom can become a vibrant, multicultural and multi diverse hub that will not only engage and motivate your students, but will also enhance their learning.


All educators including Primary & Secondary Students
ESL Teachers
Language Teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

For this course, we will be using an online learning tools using the Open Learning Platform. This platform integrates video, images, text, activities that you will be able to do inside the learning platform.
You will be expected to have Skype on your PC, Laptop or iPad. Please register for a Skype Account and Skype name.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


Start Date Location Availability Price    
14/08/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
24/10/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now


Module 1: Skype Introduction

45 minutes

How to download Skype, test the audio etc.
Also how to use Skype Translator.

Video, instructions, images etc.

Module 2: Skype - The Global Classroom

1 hour

The Global Classroom – Why?
How to connect with others in the Skype Educational World?
What activities can you do using Skype?

Video, Images, Text

Module 3: Mystery Skype

1 hour

Using Mystery Skype
Using Skype Translator
Other Benefits of Skype Translator

Video, Images, Text

Module 4: Skype Lessons

1 hour

Why Skype Lessons?
Using other tools inside Skype such as Skype Sharing, Powerpoint, Youtube etc.

Video, Images, Text

Module 5: Virtual Field Trips

1 hour

Exploring the far corners of the world like never before, Skype allows you to go anywhere.

Video, Images, Text

Module 6: Guest Speakers

1 hour

Using Skype you can connect with anyone, anywhere.
You open up your classroom to experts like never before, such as authors, artists, musicians, engineers, doctors etc.
What’s even better, you are not limited to your own town, state or country. There are experts everywhere willing to share their expertise with students and classrooms.

Video, Images, Text


15 minutes

Overview & reflection.

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About the team

Karina Barley


Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioral, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms. Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PHD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.

Free with Online Subscription


Coming July 2017

A wide range of accredited online courses will be available to those with a TTA Online Subscription

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